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13/04/2018 - 14:34

Deputy PM attends dialogue with Private Hospital Association

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam attended a dialogue in Hanoi on April 12, between leaders of Ministry of Health (MOH), Vietnam Social Security (VSS) and the Vietnam Private Hospital Association on many problems related to private medical facilities.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (Photo:VGP)

Currently, the number of private hospital beds accounts for about 5% of the total number of hospital beds nationwide and more than 30,000 private clinics. The VSS has signed medical examination and treatment contracts with more than 600 private medical facilities. In 2016, health insurance paid VND 6,618 billion for 17 million medical examinations and treatments. In 2017, the same figure was VND 8,645 billion (approximately 10% of total national health insurance spending) for 24.8 million medical treatments.

Addressing the event, Deputy PM Dam stressed the policy of the Party and the State is to encourage the private health sector to develop and implement policies on protecting, caring for and improving the people's health in accordance with the law and to ensure that it is suitable for real-life conditions.

He stressed that ensuring the balance and sustainability of the health insurance fund is very important in the context of increasing medical costs and lowering health insurance premiums.

In the dialogue, the Deputy PM said that in the coming time, the MOH, the VSS and the private medical facilities should increase dialogue and information in order to immediately handle problems which arise./.